Crocuses, daffodils, snowdrops fill that early Spring hungry colour gap in the garden, and now is the time to plant them. I have been looking out for fragrant daffs like Geranium and Yellow Cheerfulness for me, as well as lots of single ones for bees, like Jetfire and Carlton and Tete a Tete. Crocuses and snowdrops are also good to feed the bees in that hungry gap as bees, especially bumble bees, are just emerging after the winter. I know they flower later, but I’m going to include some allium bulbs too for butterflies, and I love those big round flower then seed head shapes that alliums produce. They need it especially sunny and dry.
For a special treat I am going to plant a clump of the dark purple tulip Queen of Night. I don’t think it does very much for bees, but I love the colour; it is just stunning!